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Schmidt applauds Kansas efforts to combat human trafficking

Updated: 2013-08-16T15:21:48Z

By STEVE KRASKE

The Kansas City Star

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is hailing a new national ranking that places Kansas in the top tier of states battling human trafficking.

A new law passed this year increases services for victims and provides for better coordination of the state’s anti-trafficking efforts. Schmidt has added an anti-human trafficking unit in his office headed by former Johnson County state Rep. Pat Colloton.

“This is dramatic national recognition,” Schmidt said. “We have more work to do, but we’re making tremendous progress.”

Lots of other states improved their rankings, too, according to the Polaris Project rankings. The group pushes for stronger anti-trafficking laws.

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